|Birth||Sept. 4, 1841|
|Death||June 22, 1931|
|Cemetery||Telbasta (Washington Co)|
|Unit||5th Iowa Cavalry, Company H|
Sergeant Benjamin F. Hancock
Company H, 5th Iowa Cavalry
Benjamin Franklin Hancock was born in Pennsylvania on September 4, 1841. He was residing in Fontanelle (Washington County), Nebraska when he enlisted as a 20-year private on January 9, 1862. He was promoted to the rank of corporal on March 1, 1862 and to sergeant on October 1, 1862. He served over 3 years and was discharged on May 26, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa.
The 5th Iowa Cavalry was organized by the order of General John C. Fremont. The regiment was comprised of soldiers from 4 different states (Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota) and served the majority of the Civil War in the southern part of the country. It was called the “Curtis Horse” and was named for General Samuel Curtis.
During the Siege of Atlanta (summer 1864) Hancock was captured by Confederate forces near Newnan, Georgia. He was subsequently released (exact date was not available) and was mustered out of the 5th Iowa Cavalry on May 26, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa.
He died on June 21, 1932 at the age of 91. Hancock was a member of the Dix Post (#52) in Blair, Nebraska and the Upton Post (#133) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Hooper, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.